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This section provides a partial list of third-party Web sites relating to sportfishing. Inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement by KeepAmericaFishing or the American Sportfishing Association but is provided for information only.
According to ARC, this site tracks "participation in diverse outdoor recreation activities and is designed to measure recreation participation, motivations for this participation, and attitudes of the public toward recreation." Fishing participation is included. The results go back to 1994.
This site provides information comparing sportfishing's popularity to other leisure activities, both physical sports and non-physical activities, such as going to the movies, computer activities and more.
NMMA is the trade association for the boating industry and provides boat registration data, participation data and other boating-related information.
NOAA Fisheries is dedicated to protecting and preserving the nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, enforcement and habitat conservation. NOAA Fisheries is a leading voice for commercial and recreational fisheries and continues to focus its efforts on sustaining marine resources. The 2006 report, Fisheries of the U.S., provides the number of marine anglers, trips and annual catch by species, and provides some state-specific data.
The information at this link compares sportfishing participation to other popular sports and recreations. Specifics include annual fishing participation trends as well as consumer purchases for common fishing tackle items and other sporting goods, plus other reports.
This guidebook provides information about fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.
The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation's aquatic natural resources. RBFF-sponsored research is available.
A private research company, Responsive Management specializes in fish and wildlife management issues and has conducted many sportfishing research projects whose reports are publicly available.
This site provides free copies of reports conducted for many fisheries agencies and non-profit organizations explaining the economic significance and other important aspects of recreational fisheries, including angler demographics for many states by species targeted.
SGMA provides data comparing participation across many sports for the past 15 years.
Hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Aid, this site provides annual license sales, in customers and dollars generated, back to 1958. The data for a specific year can take up to 2 years to become available. This site also reports annual sportfishing excise tax collections and disbursements.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Conducted every five years, this is the definitive resource for information about fishing, hunting and wildlife-associated recreation in the U.S. This survey presents angler expenditures, number of anglers targeting specific species, demographics and much more.
Information is available here about the number of people visiting specific public forests across the nation and visitor days per forest. Also provided are expenditures made within 50 miles of each forest for fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing activities.
Through this Web site, individual anglers can participate in a monthly survey that tracks their fishing experiences and expenditures. Sportfishing companies interested in AnglerSurvey.com results should contact Southwick Associates to learn more.